Crawford 2 HRs, SF hands Braves 6th loss in row

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — The San Francisco Giants put together quite a mind-boggling statistic in their first three-game sweep at Turner Field.

San Francisco did not have a hit with a runner in scoring position, but still won three straight over the Atlanta Braves. Credit belongs to strong pitching and seven home runs.

Brandon Crawford hit two home runs and Madison Bumgarner helped the Giants beat Atlanta 4-1 Sunday, handing the Braves their sixth straight loss.

The Giants were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position on Sunday and 0-for-7 in the series. Still, the NL West leaders left town with a five-game winning streak.

"That's incredible," manager Bruce Bochy said. "What a job our pitching did here. ... The long ball, that's what won it for us because we couldn't get a hit. They had great pitching as well."

It was San Francisco's first sweep in Atlanta since 1988 — long before Turner Field opened in 1997 and before Bumgarner was born in 1989.

"That's a big series for us," Bumgarner said.

The Braves' skid is their longest skid since an eight-game slide in May 2012. Atlanta, which leads the NL East, was held to one run in each of the losses to San Francisco.

"We've been struggling," said Dan Uggla, who was 0 for 4 and is hitting .190. "We've got to turn the corner and just turn this thing around. Like, now."

Bumgarner (3-3) allowed one unearned run and three hits in six innings, striking out nine.

Improved control allowed Bumgarner earn his first win since April 11. He walked only one batter after issuing a combined eight passes in his last three starts.

"I still felt like I got behind a lot of times when I wanted to get ahead, but it's a big step forward," Bumgarner said.

Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his first save. Closer Sergio Romo was rested after recording saves in two straight games.

Crawford gave the Giants a 2-1 lead with his homer off Alex Wood (2-5) in the fourth. Crawford hit a two-run shot off Jordan Walden in the eighth for his first career multihomer game. He began the day with only one homer this season.

Wood lost his fourth straight start, again receiving almost no run support. The one run scored by Atlanta on Sunday is the only offense Wood has received in that span, which included back-to-back 1-0 losses.



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